62-year-old woman gives birth...
I'll bet some, if not most of you, have heard about this already but I didn't learn of it until I saw a photo display on My Yahoo! page this morning. Recently, a 62-year-old woman has given birth to her 12th baby. In addition, she has 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
At the risk of setting off a heated discussion, what are your feelings about this? Personally, I have a huge objection to any woman at that age giving birth to her own child. It would be a different story if she were a surrogate, a 2nd uterus if you will, for a daughter or DIL but this is her own child. I think it's totally unfair to this child. She'll be 72 (if she's still alive by then) when this baby is 10 years old. What 72-year-old lady can keep up with a 10-year-old? For that matter, how can a 63-year-old lady keep up with a 1-year-old? Even if this woman were to live well into her 80s she's not going to be able to relate to this baby at all when questions of puberty, etc., come up. The poor child is going to feel so out of place once he/she realizes that his/her friends from school have parents of a more commonplace age. And talk about the mixed up feelings when he/she (I don't know if I read about the sex of the baby) wants to date? Would you feel comfortable bringing a date home to meet your 70-some year-old mother? Or talking about sex?
I'm guessing that if this lady were to have an untimely passing before the child is able to take care of him-/herself that one of the child's brothers or sisters (NOT aunts or uncles like I had before) will take it in, but still, this child is going to be in for a heck of a culture shock (maybe not the best words to describe it) in the years to come.
In addition, let me just say that I could sort of sympathize and be more willing to accept this if the woman were struggling for years and years to have a child and just now finally succeeded but she has a huge family already and even has great grandchildren.
EDITED to change 'aunts or uncles' to 'brothers or sisters'